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One of the marchers in the Martin Luther (Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan)

One of the marchers in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade paid tribute to the civil rights leader by wearing a T-shirt with his image and carrying a flag. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations on Long Island

Around Long Island, people celebrated the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 83 this year.

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) speaks about the
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U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) speaks about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s theme during a celebration of King's life by the Huntington NAACP. (Jan. 16, 2012)

The Rev. Larry Jennings, right, pastor of Bethel
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The Rev. Larry Jennings, right, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Huntington, presides over a service in his sanctuary honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The Rev. Luonne Abram Rouse, seated, pastor of United Methodist Church of Huntington, gave the keynote address. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Myrnissa Stone, executive director of the Long Beach
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Myrnissa Stone, executive director of the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center, spoke to hundreds of guests during a presentation by the center on Martin Luther King Day. (Jan. 16, 2012)

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Steven Bourne, 14, and Runnia Myles hold the
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Steven Bourne, 14, and Runnia Myles hold the Long Beach NAACP banner in the parade in downtown Long Beach on Martin Luther King Day. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Aniya Harris, 8, of Long Beach participates in
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Aniya Harris, 8, of Long Beach participates in the parade in downtown Long Beach on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Varicaka Wilson, 7, of Long Beach, participates in
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Varicaka Wilson, 7, of Long Beach, participates in the parade in downtown Long Beach on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Grand Marshal Julius Freeman poses with other Tuskegee
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Grand Marshal Julius Freeman poses with other Tuskegee Airmen in the parade in downtown Long Beach on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Adaky Quintin, a social worker from Long Beach
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Adaky Quintin, a social worker from Long Beach Home Care, marched in the parade in downtown Long Beach on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with pictures of the late civil rights leader and President Barack Obama. (Jan. 16, 2012)

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Long Beach City Councilman Michael Fagen, front row,
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Long Beach City Councilman Michael Fagen, front row, second from right, Grand Marshal Julius Freeman (to Fagen's left) and members of the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center lead the parade in downtown Long Beach on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Brenda Alvorada, 10, sings during the Glen Cove
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Brenda Alvorada, 10, sings during the Glen Cove Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano speaks during the
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano speaks during the Nassau County Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Uniondale. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Religious leaders in Glen Cove gather Monday for
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Religious leaders in Glen Cove gather Monday for the city's 28th Commemorative Parade honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Parade marchers in the Glen Cove's 28th Commemorative
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Parade marchers in the Glen Cove's 28th Commemorative Parade head toward Wunsch Auditorium in Finley Middle School for a ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 16, 2012)

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Glen Cove High School Select Chorale, led by
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Glen Cove High School Select Chorale, led by director Edward P. Norris III, prepares to sing the National Anthem Monday as part of the Glen Cove event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Sheryl Goodine, 61, of Glen Cove, leads marchers
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Sheryl Goodine, 61, of Glen Cove, leads marchers across Dr. Martin Luther King Way during the city's 28th Commemorative Parade honoring the late civil rights leader. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Frederick Brewington addresses crowd at the Hyatt in
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Frederick Brewington addresses crowd at the Hyatt in Hauppauge, where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was remembered. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Participants in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
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Participants in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade make their way along North Franklin Avenue in Hempstead. (Jan. 16, 2012)

One of the marchers in the Martin Luther
(Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan)

One of the marchers in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade paid tribute to the civil rights leader by wearing a T-shirt with his image and carrying a flag. (Jan. 16, 2012)

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Ray Thomas, representing County Executive Edward Mangano's office,
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Ray Thomas, representing County Executive Edward Mangano's office, Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick and Nassau County Legis. Kevan Abrahams sing "Happy Birthday" to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at Faith Baptist Church Cathedral during a ceremony that followed Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams addresses people gathered
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Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams addresses people gathered at the Faith Baptist Church Cathedral during a ceremony that followed Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. From left, Abrahams, Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall, Ray Thomas, representing Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's office, and Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Oyster Bay's Hood AME Zion Church choir joined
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Oyster Bay's Hood AME Zion Church choir joined the Christ Church choir in celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at Christ Church in Oyster Bay. (Jan. 15, 2012)

During Christ Church's seventh annual ecumenical celebration of
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During Christ Church's seventh annual ecumenical celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in Oyster Bay.Guest, speaker Glen Martin from the Fortune Society likened injustices in the prison system to King's fight for civil rights. (Jan. 15, 2012)

Christ Church in Oyster Bay held its seventh
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Christ Church in Oyster Bay held its seventh annual ecumenical celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. (Jan. 15, 2012)

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The Rev. Peter Casparian of Oyster Bay's Christ
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The Rev. Peter Casparian of Oyster Bay's Christ Church, left, and Pastor Kenneth Nelson of Hood AME Zion Church in Oyster Bay preside over the seventh annual ecumenical celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at Christ Church. (Jan. 15, 2012)

On Oct. 16, 1901, famous African-American educator Booker
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On Oct. 16, 1901, famous African-American educator Booker T. Washington dined at the White House as President Theodore Roosevelt’s personal guest. More than 100 years later, at Christ Church in Oyster Bay and Roosevelt’s own place of worship, the Rev. Peter Casparian and his congregants hosted Pastor Kenneth Nelson and Hood AME Zion Church’s choir at its seventh annual ecumenical celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. (Jan. 15, 2012)

Parishioners pray during the ceremony at Our Holy
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Parishioners pray during the ceremony at Our Holy Redeemer Church in Freeport in recognition of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. (Jan. 15, 2012)

Actor Shenole Latimer reflects on the thoughts of
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Actor Shenole Latimer reflects on the thoughts of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Freeport Public Library. (Jan. 15, 2012)

The Rev. Jacob Onyumbe, transitional deacon from the
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The Rev. Jacob Onyumbe, transitional deacon from the Congo, speaks during a ceremony. Our Holy Redeemer Church in Freeport hosted a birthday celebration Mass in recognition of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15, 2012)

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Larry Williams, left, and Robert “Bubbie” Brown, right,
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Larry Williams, left, and Robert “Bubbie” Brown, right, present Frances L. Brisbane with an achievement award for her speech at the East End Voters Coalition’s 11th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. program on Sunday. (Jan. 15, 2012)

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